Ada Developers Academy
|Ada Developers Academy|
|Founders||Elise Worthy, Scott Case, Susannah Malarkey|
Ada Developers Academy (Ada) is a year-long intensive school in software development for women with no previous professional experience in computer programming. The program is tuition-free, and students can apply for a low-interest microloan to meet living expenses during the year.
In its first cohort, 2013-2014, Ada Developers Academy took on 16 students. All of the first cohort obtained full-time job offers in software development before the course ended, and two of them received job offers from Amazon.com. Salaries for the job offers the students received averaged $75,000.
For its second cohort, which began studying in 2014, the program was expanded to 24 students, who were selected from 190 candidates.
A third cohort began studying in May 2015, and is also made up of 24 students selected from 206 candidates.
A fourth cohort will begin class in September 2015, and will consist of 24 students selected from 272 candidates.
Ada began as a project of Seattle's Technology Alliance and is funded through company sponsorship, individual donors, and public sources. Ada now operates as a nonprofit through its financial sponsor, Third Sector New England. Ada's company sponsors include Amazon.com, Expedia, Zillow, and Chef. Sponsors provide input into the course's curriculum, and mentoring and internships for the students. Sponsoring companies such as Expedia stated that they participate in the program in order to recruit great talent, and also in order to improve their diversity.
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